A Practice Based Research Network is a sustained collaboration between practitioners, their patients and academicians, dedicated to developing and answering relevant questions. This synergy provides the opportunity for all stakeholders to learn from each other and gain the skills sets necessary to appreciate the clinical content, patient significance and methodological approaches to conducting translational research.

The District of Columbia Primary Care Practice Based Research Network was established in 2005 under the leadership of Dr. Charles Mouton. The PBRN is a research component of the Department of Community and Family Medicine. DC PrimCare's purpose is to improve the understanding of health disparities in urban minorities and to develop practical strategies to address these disparities.


The PBRN was initiated with ten practices that served as preceptor sites for our third year clerkship. Additional practices were recruited through the work of the program. Currently we have 40 providers at 27 practices that serve more than 13,000 patients in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our providers specialize in General Practice, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine.


The DC PrimCare Board of Directors is comprised of seven individuals from the member physicians and practices, the PBRN Director and the Co-coordinators. This ten member board guides the selection of additional practices, reviews research designs and study protocols, determines the appropriateness of the study protocols for the network, evaluates the feasibility of study protocols and sets the overall research direction for the network.


  • Georgetown-Howard Univesities Centers for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS)

This project has been funded in part with Federal funds (Grant # UL1RR031975) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA), a trademark of DHHS, part of the Roadmap Initiative, “Re-Engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise.”

  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

This program has been funded in part by grant D54HP05262 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care.

  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (AAFP/F)

This program has been funded in part by grant G0501PB from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.